New Doctor Meets Old Friend – and Foes!

cyberDoctorTeaseThe 12th Doctor teamed with a trusted ally while encountering a dogged old foe as Peter Capaldi continued to film his debut series of DOCTOR WHO on the streets of Cardiff, Wales, yesterday (June 30).

While Jenna Coleman, who plays the Doctor’s assistant, Clara, was not glimpsed on the set, Capaldi was joined by guest star Michelle Gomez, who was portraying “the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere.”

Wales Online captured a large number of photos of the location filming at The Friary in the middle of Cardiff, but I put the gallery after the cut because the images are very spoilery.
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DOCTOR WHO 7.12: “Nightmare in Silver”

silveraMission: Accomplished. Cybermen: Upgraded.

In order to lure noted fantasy author Neil Gaiman back to write another episode of DOCTOR WHO after his Hugo-winning story of last season, “The Doctor’s Wife,” show-runner Steven Moffat asked Gaiman if he would like to make the Cybermen scary again.

Neil did; and then he did. Make the Cybermen scary again, I mean. And he did it, rather simply and realistically, by following a “natural” trend in technology: getting faster, better and smaller. The Cybermen have gained the ability to adapt on the fly; they can move faster than the human eye can follow; and the once-fearsome Cybermats have been shrunken down to tiny Cybermites. And worse, the Cybermites can be thrown at you! And then they crawl all over you and attach themselves to your face. Yuck!
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A Pensive Clip From ‘Nightmare in Silver’

This Saturday, DOCTOR WHO fans are in for a treat: another story from the pen of renowned fantasy author Neil Gagman, the writer who gave us “The Doctor’s Wife.”

In this story, Warwick Davis plays Porridge, and in this clip he gives Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) a little history lesson.

“It’s hard to fight an enemy that uses your armies as spare parts,” Porridge pointed out. That’s pretty potent stuff if  you think about it.

And we do need something to help us get over the next couple of days until we can watch “Nightmare in Silver” Saturday at 8 p.m. on BBC America.

‘Nightmare in Silver’ Gallery

Another week, another movie-style adventure and another big gallery of stills for this week’s DOCTOR WHO.

But this isn’t just any old story; this week’s entry, “Nightmare in Silver,” was penned by prolific and universally respected fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who wrote the Hugo Award-winning “The Doctor’s Wife” for season.

 

Watch Gaiman do his bit to rehabilitate the Mondasians at 8 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.

ETA: Sorry about messing up the gallery, folks, but it’s fixed now. I uploaded 20 different photos, just to make it worth your while to revisit.

‘Nightmare in Silver’ Trailers

DOCTOR WHO. Neil Gaiman. Cybermen.

What, you need more of a reason to tune in to this week’s penultimate episode of series seven? All right, take a look at the trailers for Neil’s “Nightmare in Silver.”

First, the BBC “Next Time” roll:

And now the BBC America version:

Catch DOCTOR WHO at 8 p.m. on BBC America’s “Supernatural Saturday” bloc.